- Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative. Duke University Press, 2008.
- Constituting Americans: Cultural Anxiety and Narrative Form. Duke UP, 1995. (second printing, 1998)
- with Michael Elliott. Oxford History of the Novel in English (American Novel 1870-1940). 6 2014.
- with Gerry Canavan. Science Fiction. special issue of American Literature 83.2
- with J. Clayton, K.F.C. Holloway. Genomics in Literature, the Visual Arts, and Culture. Literature and Medicinespecial issue,
- with N. Tomes, and L. Lynch, eds.. Culture and Contagion. special issue of American Literary History 14.4
- Wai Chee Dimock, Priscilla Wald. Literature and Science: Cultural Forms, Conceptual Exchanges. special issue of American Literature 74.4
- with C. Di Stefano and J. Weisenfeld, eds.. Institutions, Regulations and Social Control. special issue of Signs
Essays/Articles/Chapters in Books
- Wald. "Science and Literature in America." Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology in America. Ed. Hugh Slotten, Steve Usselman, and Constance Clark.
- Wald. "Afterword: Global Health and the Persistence of History." Imperial Contagions: Medicine and Cultures of Planning in Asia. Ed. Robert Peckham and David Pomfret. University of Hong Kong Press,
- Wald. "Immigrant Literature and the Immigrant Experience." Immigrants in American History: Arrival, Adaptation, and Integration,. Ed. Elliott Barkan. ABC-Clio,
- Wald. "Botanophobia: Fear of Plants in the Atomic Age." Japanese Journal of American Studies 24
- Wald. "The ‘Hidden Tyrant’: Propaganda, Brainwashing, and Psycho-Politics in the Cold War Period." Oxford Handbook of Propaganda Studies. Ed. Jonathan Auerbach and Russ Castronovo. Oxford University Press,
- Wald. "Afterword: Global Health and the Persistence of History." Contagionism and Contagious Diseases: Medicine and Literature between 1880 and 1933. Ed. Thomas Rutten and Martina King. De Gruyter,
- P. Wald. "Cells, Genes, and Stories: HeLa’s Journey from Labs to Literature." Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of Race, DNA and History. Ed. Keith Wailoo, Alondra Nelson, and Catherine Lee. Rutgers University Press,
- P. Wald. "American Studies and the Politics of Life: ASA Presidential Address." American Quarterly 64.2
- P. Wald. "Bio Terror: Hybridity in the Biohorror Narrative, or What We Can Learn From Our Monsters." Contagion: Health, Fear, Sovereignty.
- P. Wald. "“Science Fiction: Stories of Warning and Wonder,”." Cambridge History of the American Novel.
- P. Wald. "“Exquisite Fragility: Human Being in the Aftermath of War”." Blackwell Companion to American Literary Studies.
- P. Wald. ""The Intimacies of Strangers"." emisférica 6.1
- P. Wald. ""Science Fiction and Medical Ethics"." The Lancet 371
(June 14, 2009): 9629.
- P. Wald. "“We Have Never Been Biological,” Forum: Conference Debates. Biocultures: An Emerging Paradigm." PMLA 124.3
(May, 2009): 953-55.
- Britt Rusert and P. Wald. "Introduction, Technologies of Enslavement and Liberty." American Literature 81.1
- P. Wald. "Science Fiction and Medical Ethics." The Lancet 371.9629
- "Atomic Faulkner." Faulkner's Inheritance. Ed. Joseph Urgo. University of Mississippi Press,
- "Naturalization." Keywords of American Cultural Studies. Ed. Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler. NYU Press,
- P. Wald. "“Geonomics: the Spaces and Races of Citizenship in the Genome Age”." America--From Near and Far: Varieties of American Experience. Ed. Marc Lee Raphael and Cornelia Wilhelm. Department of Religion, William and Mary College,
- "Blood and Stories: How Genomics is Changing Race, Medicine, and Human History." Patterns of Prejudice 40.4/5
- "What's in a Cell?: John Moore's Spleen and the Language of Bioslavery." New Literary History: Essays Probing the Boundaries of the Human in Science and Science Fiction 36.2
(Spring, 2005): 205-25.
- "“Dreiser's Sociological Vision”." The Cambridge Companion to Theodore Dreiser. Ed. Leonard Cassuto and Claire Virginia Eby. Cambridge UP,
- "Hannah crafts.." In Search of Hannah Crafts: Critical Essays on the Bondwoman's Narrative. Ed. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Hollis Robbins. Basic Books,
- "Introduction to Paula Treichler's AIDS, Homophobia, and Biomedical Discourse: An Epidemic of Signification." American Literary Studies: A Methodological Reader. Ed. P. Wald,Michael A. Elliott and Claudia Stokes. New York: New York UP,
- "Dreiser & The Fallen." Woman Narrative Ed. P. Wald.
- "The East European Immigrants: Of Crucibles and Grandfathers." The Cambridge Companion to Jewish American Literature. Ed. Michael Kramer and Hana Wirth Nesher. Cambridge UP,
- "Hannah crafts.." Critical Essays on Hannah Crafts' The Bondwoman's Narrative. Ed. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Hollis Robbins. Basic Books,
- Wai Chee Dimock, P. Wald. "Preface." Literature and Science: Cultural Forms, Conceptual Exchanges (a special issue of American Literature) 74.4
(December, 2002): 705-14.
- "Communicable Americanism: Contagion, Geographic Fictions, and the Sociological Legacy of Robert E. Park." Culture and Contagion (special issue of American Literary History) 14.4
(Winter, 2002): 653-85.
- P. Wald, N.Tomes, L. Lynch. "Introduction." Culture and Contagion, a special issue of American Literary History 14.4
(Winter, 2002): 617-24.
- A. Curzan, P. Wald. "Americanization." Encyclopedia of American Studies. Grolier,
- "Immigration and Assimilation in Nineteenth-Century US Women's Narratives." The Cambridge Companion to 19th-Century American Women's Writing. Ed. Dale Bauer and Philip Gould. Cambridge: Cambridge UP,
- P. Wald. "Emma Goldman." American Women Prose Writers 1870-1920: Dictionary of Literary Biography. Ed. Sharon Harris with Heidi L. Jacobs and Jennifer Putzi. 221Detroit: Gale Group,
- "Future Perfect: Genes, Grammar and Geography." New Literary History 4.31
- "Imagined Immunities." Cultural Studies & Political Theory. Ed. J. Dean. Cornell UP,
- "Fabulous Shadows: Rethinking the Emersonian Tradition."
- "Minefields and Meeting Grounds: Transnational Analyses and American Studies." (review essay) American Literary History 9.1
(Spring 1997): 199-218.
- "Cultures and Carriers: 'Typhoid Mary' and the Science of Social Control." Social Text 52-53
(Dec. 1997): 181-214.
- "Review of Lee Quinby's Anti-Apocalypse: Exercises in Genealogical Criticism." American Literature 67.2
(June 1995): 421-22.
- "Zora Neale Hurston." A Companion to American Thought. Ed. Richard Fox and James Kloppenberg. Blackwell Publishers,
- "'Chaos Goes Uncourted': John Yau's Dis-orienting Poetics." Cohesion and Dissent in America. Ed. Joseph Alkana and Carol Colatrella. SUNY Press,
- "Dreiser and the Fallen Woman Narrative." The Cambridge Companion to Theodore Dreiser. Duke UP,
1993. Reprinted in American Indian Persistence and Resurgence, ed. Karl Kroeber [Duke UP, 1994]
- "Terms of Assimilation: Legislating Subjectivity in the Emerging Nation." boundary 2 19.3
(Fall 1992): 77-104.
Reprinted in Cultures of United States Imperialism, ed. Amy Kaplan and Donald Pease [Duke UP, 1993]. Also reprinted in American Indian Persistence and Resurgence, ed. Karl Kroeber [Duke UP, 1994]
- "A God Who Is Later a Terror: (En)countering the National Plot in Gertrude Stein's The Making of Americans." Prospects
(Jan. 1992): 323-65.
- "Guilt by Dissociation: John Yau's Poetics of Possibility." Talisman 5
(Fall 1990): 121-26.
- "Hearing Narrative Voices in Melville's Pierre." boundary 2 17.1
(Spring 1990): 100-32.
Reprinted in Revisionary Interventions into the Americanist Canon, ed. Donald Pease (Duke UP, 1994)
- "William Peterfield Trent." Dictionary of Literary Biography: Nineteenth Century American Literary Critics and Scholars. Columbia, SC: Bruccoli-Clark, Inc,
- P. Wald. Ian Whitmarsh, Biomedical Ambiguity: Race, Asthma, and the Contested Meaning of Genetic Research in the Caribbean. History of Social Medicine
- P. Wald. Heather Munro Prescott, Student Bodies: The Influence of Student Health Services in American Society and Medicine. Bulletin of the History of Medicine
- Review of Ann L. Ardis and Leslie W. Lewis' Women's Experience of Modernity: 1875-1945. MODERNISM/Modernity 12.4
- Review of Laura Otis' Networking: Communicating with Bodies and Machines in the Nineteenth Century. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 46.3
(Summer, 2003): 452-54.
- Review of Lawrie Balfour's The Evidence of Things Not Said: James Baldwin and the Promise of American Democracy. The Review of Politics 63.4
(Fall 2001): 593-95.
- Review of Richard M. Merelman's Representing Black Culture: Racial Conflict and Cultural Politics in the United States. Ethnic and Racial Studies 20.1
(Jan. 1997): 226-28.
- Review of Nina Schwartz's Dead Fathers: The Logic of Transference in Modern Narrative. Clio 26.1
(Fall 1996): 127-32.
- Review of History and Memory in African-American Culture. American Literature 68.1
(Mar. 1996): 269-71.
- Review of Mark Twain's Pudd'n'head Wilson: Race, Conflict, and Culture. Studies in American Fiction 23.2
(Autumn 1995): 254-56.
- Review of Kathleen Diffley's Where My Heart Is Turning Ever: Civil War Stories and Constitutional Reform. Journal of American History 81.1
(June 1994): 283-84.
- Review of Paula Gunn Allen's A Cannon Between My Knees. Studies in American Indian Literature 9.4
- Review of Leslie Marmon Silko's Storyteller. Studies in American Indian Literature 6.4